A Guide To Cheap And Easy Wedding Favors

Here are some great ideas for goodies that are not only inexpensive, but ecologically sound as well.

If you've been to a wedding lately, chances are you didn't walk away empty handed. Wedding favors are now the norm and trying to find unique gifts for your guests can get a little pricey. While this may be fine for the couple who has unlimited resources, the betrothed on a budget can't be quite so generous. Besides, how many miniature candy dishes or plastic champagne glasses filled with tulle wrapped Jordan Almonds can a person fit into her china cabinet? These days, wedding favors can either become household clutter or landfill. Fortunately, there are some great ideas for favors that are not only inexpensive, but ecologically sound as well.

Small Potted Plants - Not too many couples would consider buying their wedding favors at the garden center of the local home improvement emporium, but this is the perfect spot from which to buy practical and inexpensive gifts. Purchasing flats of flowering annuals such as impatiens or marigolds is a thrifty, yet attractive, solution for the bride who is counting her coins. Each individual pot can be removed from the flat and wrapped in foil or satin and tied with a ribbon. The favors for each table can even be grouped together to make an attractive centerpiece. The best part is, with everyone taking home a plant, there will be no arguments over who gets to take the floral arrangements home.

Instead of buying plants, the happy couple can buy seeds and plant them in pots themselves. Of course, this would have to be done several months ahead of time, but if you're looking to save money, this may be your cheapest bet. Contact your florist or landscaper to see what kind of discount can be worked out on small seedling pots.

Tree Seedlings - This is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Who wouldn't appreciate taking home a gift that will not only increase property value and give their home a little curb appeal, but will also last for generations to come? Everyone loves trees. They provide shade and beauty and give birds and other wildlife a home. There are now many places on the Internet selling seedlings for wedding favors. Most of the favors come with fancy paper, ribbon, and in some cases, a poem. Just about every place offering seedlings for sale also offers bulk discounts. Organizations such as the Arbor Day Foundation may also provide a bulk discount for the purchase of trees. If there is a tree farm or nursery in your area, check with them to see if they're willing to make a deal as well.

Seeds - Most of the same vendors who sell tree seedlings for favors also sell seeds. The seed packet can be printed with the names of the bride and groom and the wedding date.Like the potted plants and seedlings, these can be taken home and planted, a sure way to keep alive memories of the happy occasion. You can also buy packets of seeds from the gardening center or supermarket and decorate the packaging yourself. If there's enough money in the budget, a small decorative flowerpot can be offered with the seeds.

Give to charity - Instead of purchasing an item for each guest, why not donate to a wildlife fund, animal shelter or other charity that supports nature or the environment? Donations can be made in each guest's name at an amount that's affordable to you. Attractive cards can be printed up on your computer telling the recipient that in lieu of a favor, you'll be donating to charity. Your guests are likely to be touched by this gesture.

Wedding favors shouldn't have to bankrupt the happy couple. There are many inexpensive ideas out there. Call seed companies, landscapers or nurseries to see if a deal can be worked out on plants, seeds or tulip bulbs and small containers. The dollar store sells a wide variety of paper, ribbons and bows. The possibilities are endless. The best part is your guests will be walking away with a gift that will last, in some cases, forever. Besides, not only will you be giving back to your guests; you'll also be giving back to the environment.

© High Speed Ventures 2011